Jump back, Loretta.
Retiring KWTV meteorologist Gary England brought his unique personality and Oklahoma weather knowledge to Comedy Central's “Colbert Report” Wednesday night.
England, who recently signed off after a career of more than four decades, is a local legend known for his calm but serious approach to reporting tornadoes and other severe weather across the state, along with his odd sayings like “Jump back, Loretta” and “Friday night in the big town.”
His appearance on the “Colbert Report” came as national media picked up his story at the end his career as a TV weatherman. England is taking on a new job as vice president for corporate relations and weather development for Griffin Communications, which owns KWTV-9.
Colbert first asked England to point out Tornado Alley on a weather map. He then had England describe the recent deadly tornadoes that hit Oklahoma.
England mentioned the May 31 tornado that hit El Reno, which was more than two miles wide and had winds measured at more than 300 miles per hour.
“Why does anyone live in Oklahoma?” a stone-faced Colbert then asked.
“Well, that's just occasionally,” England said to laughter from the crowd.
Colbert then moved back to weather maps, asking England why the sun wears sunglasses.
“Shouldn't the Earth be wearing sunglasses?” Colbert asked. “That's like an oven wearing oven mitts.”